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Saturday October 23rd

Construction on underground pipes across campus is far from over

There is construction on Lenoir Drive behind Davis library.
Buy Photos There is construction on Lenoir Drive behind Davis library.

On Dec. 19, the project began to fix the pipes under Lenoir Drive. The project was originally set to be completed by Jan. 5, but that section of the construction was extended to Jan. 30.

Chilled Water Systems Manager Douglas Mullen said the project is to replace some aging pipes in the ground that have had several failures recently, and that the time extension was necessary.

“We got an extension in closing Lenoir Drive because there was unknown piping found in the path of where we were laying our pipes so we had to clean up some abandoned utilities,” Mullen said.

Emerson Drive — between Hamilton Hall and the Olde Campus Upper Quad dorms — has been changed to allow two-way traffic so people can still have access to the area.

People with permits to park in these areas have been directed to park in overflow parking areas such as Cobb Deck and the N3 Zone, which is near Bynum Hall.

While parking will soon return to normal, this is only the beginning of several construction projects that will be taking place on campus.

Dana Leeson, associate director of construction management, said there are eight phases to the construction.

“The area they’re doing now is just phase two and then there’s another phase further west of Emerson Drive and it goes in front of the tunnel going down underneath the library and an area in front of Lenoir, the cafeteria,” Leeson said.

Leeson said the final phase will be finished in September 2017, but that a lot of the future construction is directly on campus.

“There will be construction fences set up in areas, like the piece that goes from Murphey to Carolina (Hall), that will impact the side walk that’s in front of Manning, but there will also be access to the buildings,” Leeson said.

Sophomore Hiba Alzouby said the current construction has caused her to change how she walks to class.

“I can’t walk from behind Davis to get to my classes,” Alzouby said. “I get dropped off by the ATM but I have to go around to get to class.”

Sophomore Zareen Farooqui said the construction seemed to just show up.

“It would have been nice if we had gotten a little bit of a warning,” Farooqui said.


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